Every day we picked the essential luxury travel news to keep you stay informed. Today, we are bringing you – SPG Hotels 2018 Award Category Changes & Lufthansa Seating Rules Changes; 5 other luxury travel news today.
SPG just announced their annual SPG hotels category change that will take place on March 6 this year. The good news is: there are slightly more category decreases than increases. Check the link for full SPG hotels list. One of the properties that are worth noticing is Walt Disney World Dolphin climbs to 5 from 4, to match the Swan. There are reports that both of the properties are refreshed, It is interesting to see if the upgrades bring these hotels up to snuff.
There are some policy changes in regards to seating for 2 carriers, Lufthansa and Aegean. Lufthansa rolls out new preferred seating zone on long-haul services and long-haul services only. If economy passengers wish to sit near the exit, they will have to pay 30-50 extra, unless you are a loyalty member of the carrier. Aegean rolls out a seat selection process that goes after those seats as a new revenue stream by charging all passengers for those Up Front seats or the Extra Legroom seats. And they frame it to their Gold member as a benefit with a broader selection. A trick to draw loyal customers, as you can see.
Hilton Honor is offering a promotion called “Another Day In Paradise,” targeting resorts in the US including Hawaii, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The rule? Members that book this offer get the fourth night free, except Hawaii, fifth night free. Simple as that. Sometimes it is difficult to find a discounted rate for resort stays outside of sales. Seize it if you are in need.
Let’s end today’s digest with a gift card promotion from Best Western. Between February 12 to April 29, travelers will be greeted with a $10 gift card when checking in. No requirement for the length of your stay.
Time for promotions. AccorHotel and Wyndham are offering bonus points as you meet the stay requirement at their properties. AccorHotels will give you in total 60,000 Avios points for 3 stays, and each stay has to be at least two nights. On the other hand, with more than 2 stays at Wyndham, you can earn up to 15,000 points by July First. Just so you know, their low-cost hotel brand Super 8 costs you under $50 per night.